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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New Ed edition (1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752816837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752816838
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 0.9 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,116,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Thursday's Child has Far to Go.' Sarah was born in Bath on a Thursday and she likes to think that means there's a lot more mileage in her yet, particularly when it comes to her first love, writing.

After she read 'The Lord of the Rings' when she was twelve, she started writing her own fantasy novels but chose to study music at New Hall (now Murray Edwards College), Cambridge. She's always enjoyed working with young people, so she trained as a teacher, teaching music for many years.

Sarah's first novel 'Moths to a Flame' came out in 1995 from Orion; seven other fantasy novels, including the 'Tears of Artamon' trilogy, and various short stories for 'Interzone' have followed. She also reviews manga and anime - another passion - for various online magazines.

Sarah's new novel 'The Flood Dragon's Sacrifice' is a fantasy set in an alternate medieval Japan.Her dream? To see one of her stories reinterpreted as manga or anime...

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Natisin on December 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
The Lost Child is Sarah Ash's third novel and takes place in the same world as her Tears of Artamon trilogy. It is a stand alone novel though, and can be enjoyed without having read Ash's other books.

The Lost Child begins in Djihan-Djihar, an arid land once called Tsiyon. The Tsiyonim were long-ago forced into exile under mysterious circumstances. Now, wherever the Tsiyonim seek refuge they are seen as jinxes and used as scapegoats, blamed for poor crops and poisoned wells, their safety and way of life as precious as a seashell...

Enter Jaufre d'Orbiel, a soldier-poet from the country of Arcassanne who loses his close friend Alois while on a tour of duty in Djihan-Djihar. Alois vanishes in a crowded market place only to reappear weeks later, a staggering husk of a human being little resembling Jaufre's friend. Before he dies, Alois charges Jaufre to return an amulet to its rightful owners, the Tsiyonim. However, Rather than return the amulet, Jaufre becomes obsessed with discovering the truth behind its origins and in his blunderings evokes a dark power he has no ability to control, murdering an innocent boy in the process. When the boy's body is dumped in the Tsiyonim Quarter, a tailor's apprentice named Rahab ben Chazhael is blamed...and the lives of Tsiyonim everywhere are endangered because of one lost child.

Rahab tangles with elemental forces and sorcery as he seeks to exonerate himself and save his people not only from the rising tide of hatred from their neighbors but also from Jaufre d'Orbiel and the power that is manipulating him to its will. The Lost Child starts off at an exciting pace, propelling the reader as well as the entire cast of characters toward the conclusion with the force of a storm wind.
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